Along with the rest of you, I heard the news the other day that the Library of Congress will be archiving all the lovely little 140 character pieces of nonsense we put on Twitter. I admit to being a bit surprised by this news. Why would the Library of Congress want to document this type of information? Better still, Twitter KEEPS an archive? Oh crap on a crutch. That means every little ridiculous tweet I have ever sent out into cyberspace has been captured for posterity. I am so toast.
Some day two or three centuries from now a futuristic version of Indiana Jones will be sifting through the rubble of our 21st century lives and trying desperately to make sense of this thing called Twitter. And what are all these abbreviations? What’s an LOL and a ROFL and why can’t the LOLcats spell correctly…and he and other archaeologists will scratch their heads and search for the Rosetta Stone of Twitter.
Does it make you think more now about what you tweet? Oh heck no. I’ll be long gone by then – who is gonna care that I managed to convey the important information about my dog pooping on the dining room floor and I was able to do that in 140 characters? No one, that’s who. They’ll still be too busy trying to decipher those black 5″ floppy disks we all once used in our computers.
I’m thinking folks like Tiger Woods and Jesse James might make for some interesting reading (or not) — and the real question is…will anybody be able to go to the Library of Congress and access this information, much like a researcher can avail himself (or herself) of the massive amounts of scholarly books and information stored there? Beats me. I’m sure not making a trip to see Twitter archives.
Then again….our friend (and all you Tweeps know exactly to whom I refer) Microphone Girl will be forever immortalized in the Library of Congress. That’s quite an honor for someone who probably should simply stay at home in the umm, er, well, I guess I’ll just say whorehouse and be done with it. Snort.
Twitter – no future sightseeing trip to DC and the Library of Congress will be complete without a stop in the Twitter Room…sigh